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Alpine Sandwort
Minuartia obtusiloba
About Alpine Sandwort (Minuartia obtusiloba) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Minuartia obtusiloba (formerly Arenaria obtusiloba) is a perennial alpine herb known by the common names alpine sandwort and twinflower stitchwort. It is native to the mountains of western North America from the High Sierra of California to the Colorado Rockies north to Alaska. Its range may extend into far eastern Russia. This is a low plant forming mats or clumps and bearing small thimble-shaped flowers with curving white petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

4.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky places

Annual Precipitation: 24.4" - 65.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.87" - 2.78", Coldest Month: 19.9" - 46.2", Hottest Month: 39.2" - 69.3", Humidity: 1.40" - 10.53", Elevation: 9039" - 12269"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Twinflower Sandwort, Twinflower Stitchwort

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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